In his Wall Street Journal opinion of 16 February 2012, Dr. Scott Gottlieb writes the following:

Offended by President Obama’s decision to force health insurers to pay for contraception and surgical sterilization? It gets worse: In the future, thanks to ObamaCare, the government will issue such health edicts on a routine basis—and largely insulated from public view. This goes beyond contraception to cancer screenings, the use of common drugs like aspirin, and much more.

It seems the Betsy McCaughey’s are running loose again. Under ObamaCare, a single committee—the United States Preventative Services Task Force—is empowered to evaluate preventive health services and decide which will be covered by health-insurance plans.

Now had I written something like this about Dr Gottlieb I would have been served papers for libel days ago. To start it’s not the “Preventative” service task for it is the “Preventive” service task force. Dr Gottlieb could have simply Googled this but it was more important for him to rekindle the fear struck in the hearts of elderly white conservative Americans by Sarah Palin, with the “death panels” nonsense back when she was politically popular.

My next problem is far more serious than semantics. Gottlieb uses the word “edicts” in discussing the power of the USPSTF. The task force does not have decision making power at all in regard to the health care of American citizens it merely adivses the United States Congress on medical issues that are tied to federal funding. I think anyone reading something written about the new Health Care Law by a former fellow at the American Enterpise Institute needs to take the disclaimer in the Wall Street Journal at the bottom of the opinion to heart:

Dr. Gottlieb, a physician and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, has served as deputy commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and senior policy adviser to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He consults with and invests in health-care companies.

“He consults with and invests in health care companies.” Ahhh the 1% once again trying to terrify old white conservative Boomers. And then this from the 17 August 2006 edition of New Natural News:

FDA Deputy Commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs, Scott Gottlieb, M.D., is another connection Big Pharma is likely to exploit, Richards said. Gottlieb is an “expert at promoting biotech stocks on Wall Street,” said Richards, adding that Gottlieb used to criticize the FDA for approving drugs too slowly before he joined the administration.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.
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  1. Jonathan Friedes Says:

    The good Dr. Gottlieb also implies that the USPSTF has rejected, for financial reasons, valuable screening for ovarian cancer, when in fact there is no strategy for ovarian cancer screening that has been shown to do more good than harm. And he greatly oversimplfies issues related to prostate cancer screening and the use of HPV testing as a screening tool for precursors of cervical cancer.

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